Shopping with the Vintage Traveler: Hendersonville, NC

I recently had business in Hendersonville, but that suited me because there are lots of great vintage shops in that area.  I was on a tight schedule, and so I was only able to stop at two places, but there was a lot of great stuff to see and talk about.

One thing I can say for certain, in the first three decades of the twentieth century they really knew how to sell a book.  I’m talking about the fantastic covers.  Just look at Peg o’ My Heart above.  I’d have bought that book based on the little scruffy dog alone, not to mention Peg and her little bag.

Or what about Peacock Feathers, with that super Coles Phillips illustration?  I am always on the lookout for pictures of women wearing pants in the forest.  But it has been pretty much my experience that when it comes to mass market books of that era, you just can’t judge the book by its cover.  It leads to great disappointment.

Someone assembled a lovely scrapbook filled with illustrations like this farm girl.  Behind it you can see a wallpaper sample.  It was full of loveliness, but then when I turned to look at the cover I saw that the book was originally a 1910 tailoring book of wool fabric samples and drawings of the suggested suits.

My guess is that these are bicycling boots.  The heels are a bit high for hiking, though they could have served that purpose as well.

I don’t see a lot of these patio sets here in the East.  They were made to sell to tourists visiting the Southwest, but I have a feeling that the ones purchased didn’t get a lot of wear.   They border on costume, being based on the tightly pleated skirts of Navajo women.  They were even called squaw dresses during the time, though that term is not used much these days due to the idea that some consider the word to be offensive.

Here’s the label, with a great thunderbird motif.

Of course I had to photograph these Scottie twins.

Here’s a wooden handbag that was trying to cash in on the popularity of the Enid Collins bags.  This one is not signed in any way.  I love the 1960s version of nostalgia, with all its quaintness.  Make sure you note the doggie in the basket.

I do not need to take up another craft, but I’d almost learn to knit in order to have a pair of those beer socks.

There are quilt historians who claim that quilt makers invented modern art.  This quilt is an excellent argument in their favor.

Here’s proof that there are still bargains to be found in antique stores.  This silk teddy from the 1920s was unworn and perfect, and only twelve dollars.

I’m sorry about the quality of this photo, but look carefully to see how this velveteen handbag is shaped using folds.  And what about that clasp?  It almost looks like a pair of lips.

And finally, a 1940s photographer gets all artsy.


Filed under North Carolina, Shopping

16 responses to “Shopping with the Vintage Traveler: Hendersonville, NC

  1. Great photos – makes me eager to get down there & start shopping… leaving all cash & plastic safely at home, of course!


  2. I have never seen the tops to the skirts; I used to have a couple of them, based on a deep love for rick rack. I embellished one vintage homemade model with extra gold and copper rick rack; I sold it some years back and almost immediately was given another one. It’s the black snap clutch of my closet; there is always one in there and I only wear it once a year. That’s just not right.


  3. Thanks for taking us along on your shopping trip Lizzie. It was great fun.


  4. Love that Coles Phillips book cover, and the beer and liquor sock patterns! And all the cute pups, of course.


  5. That famous Lizzie eye, trained over the years! One day I would love to go on a look/see with you.


  6. I have always been liked the sweet innocence of the 1910’s art/models portrayed on the covers and illustrations . The colors and style are so definitive -reminds me of my great grandparents and the things I used to find at home… I have a pair of the little iron Scotties paper weights-no idea where they came from!


  7. Karen

    Oh how I would love to find that vintage silk teddy (and at such a great price!)…I would snap it up in a heartbeat…sigh…


  8. Enjoyed your shopping trip! Comment about vacation purchases: I volunteer in a heavily curated thrift shop. We get tons of what we call “vacation mistakes.” Bright pastel scarves — shell jewelry — locally made trinket boxes — caftans — huge sun hats — you know what I mean. You wear them out to dinner while on vacation, then when you get home they look, well, silly. I love the idea that 100 years ago people were already making vacation shopping mistakes. It makes today’s overspending seem not quite so modernly profligate.


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